You can now pay $ 1,299 for an Asus gaming phone with 18GB of RAM
The vanilla Asus ROG Phone 5s offers “only” 16GB of RAM and skips the secondary display on its rear panel for a lower asking price of $ 1,099.
Asus launched its gaming-centric ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro smartphones in the US market, but for all that visually striking design and excessive material firepower, buyers will have to shell out a pretty penny. Both phones made their official debuts in August, and after remaining exclusive to Asian markets for a while, they were finally released in Europe earlier this month. Both phones look quite like a device aimed at a gaming enthusiast – a chunky profile, crisp lines, cool RGB lighting effects gracing the back panel, and, of course, a full hardware approach.
The most important difference between the ROG Phone 5s and its Pro sibling is that the more expensive Pro model has a secondary color matrix display on the back that can show notifications, charge status, and some gaming-related information. The only other significant difference between the two is that the Pro model comes equipped with 18 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, while the Vanilla model reaches a maximum of 16 GB of memory.
About availability in the United States, Asus ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro are now available on Amazon and Mobile Advance. The ROG Phone 5s is currently up for grabs, priced at $ 1,099 for the configuration with 16GB of RAM inside. Samsung isn’t too far off, however, as last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also came with 16GB of RAM. As for the ROG Phone 5s Pro, it will evaporate $ 1,299 from buyers’ wallets. There is another aspect that those interested should keep in mind regarding the color options on the table. ROG Phone 5 Pro is only available in a Phantom Black shade, while the standard model comes in a choice of two finishes – Phantom Black and Storm White.
More than excessive specs
As mentioned above, both Asus phones are packed with top-notch hardware. Qualcomms’ high-end Snapdragon 888+ chip keeps things running inside, while the lights are kept on by a massive 6000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 5.0 and PD Charging standards. Up front is a 6.78-inch OLED display with 144Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sample rate, and Gorilla Glass Victus on top for protection. Android 11 handles things on the software side, with a heavy layer of customization inspired by the ROG line of laptops, and there are a bunch of gaming-centric features as well. The imaging equipment includes a 64-megapixel main camera, assisted in its tasks by a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle snapper, and a 5-megapixel camera for macro photography. A 24-megapixel camera handles the responsibilities of selfies and video calls.
There are a few ultrasonic sensors on the shoulders that act much like the L1 and R1 triggers on game controllers. Additionally, the rear panel also has hidden rear touch sensors that offer a pair of additional control points acting as L2 and R2 buttons. These extra physical inputs make a difference in real life, especially when it comes to games with cramped onscreen controls like PUBG: New State or Call of Duty: Mobile. Some flaws in Asus’ game smartphone are that it does not support wireless charging and does not offer any form of intrusion protection. On the plus side, the 3.5mm headphone jack is still there, and there’s an additional USB-C port on the side, which means attaching an accessory won’t block charging.
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